How to deal with storm damage in your garden

Bad weather can leave a trail of devastation in its wake, which is often devastating for gardening enthusiasts. High winds, torrential downpours and freezing temperatures are not compatible with a neat, tidy lawn or a well-kept flower bed, so how can you prepare for and repair your outside space after a storm?

Eliminate danger

Health and safety is of paramount importance, so never put your life in danger and let the professionals handle risky jobs as they’ll have all the tools necessary to repair the damage. It’s essential firstly to eliminate danger, whether that means calling in 404 Cut Tree to get rid of an uprooted oak or securing wobbly stonework, roof tiles or fences.

Tidy debris

Storms are not forgiving. Gale force winds will whip anything they can into the air and are experts at scattering branches, pulling up plants and tossing around soil. It might be tough watching your beloved garden take a battering but whatever you do don’t go outside while the storm’s in action. Instead, wait until the bad weather dies down before rolling up your sleeves and tidying up the debris.

Don’t go on the grass

If your beloved grass looks like a muddy swamp pit, fear not. There are many ways to make your lawn look great again, including giving it a mow and planting new grass seeds. While it’s often tempting to get to work straight after a bout of bad weather, this is not advisable as standing on the grass while it’s sodden will churn up the mud and only make the problem worse.

Take care of your plants

Watching the hail ping off your plants and shred their leaves can be a somewhat painful experience. While fixing hail damage on plants is not always possible, your best bet is to trim off damaged stems and leaves and mix a good fertilizer into the soil. As evergreens are also vulnerable to strong winds you might want to consider pruning them back and taking the tops off tall, leafy trees like conifers.

It’s also worth noting that while you plants might look bent after a storm, don’t try to straighten them. They’ll naturally look for sunlight and straighten over the next few days, so avoid forcing them back into position or you might snap a few delicate stems.

Storms are a bugbear for garden lovers everywhere, but with these few tips you should have your outside space looking spic and span in no time.